Healthy Habits and On We Go

Thanks to everyone for your Door County comments this week. As I’m sure you can see, we had the best trip and I was excited to share our adventures (and food) with you!  Sadly, I didn’t take my camera with us kayaking, but but the color of the lake along Cave Point was absolutely stunning.  One of my goals was to keep my ‘Zen’ DC feeling throughout my short week back at work.  Between talking about it non-stop (my coworkers also love it up there, so we all share stories) and posting these awesome pictures, that was easy.  And because I am borderline obsessed with the place, my MOM and I are heading back up to the Fish Creek sidewalk sales next month.  Kind of crazy I know, but we’ve never been in the fall and who can resist a sale : ) 

 

Actually, my mom and I decided that we wanted to do an active, yet relaxing little get away for my birthday this year, and I convinced her that we should pack up our bikes and gym shoes, check out the yoga studios, and eat our way through Door County.  She was immediately on board!  Personally, I think a weekend away with my MOM is the perfect birthday celebration.  The BOY will be deep into his law school studies (class begins Monday), and I will be right in the heart of my busy fall schedule and almost done with the class you’ve heard about non-stop that has taken over my life this past year.  It seems like a great time to head back up north to unwind!

 

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Door County 2012 Posts

A Rainy Arrival

Day 1

Will Hike for Pizza

Shopping

 

Back here in the REAL world, the BOY and I are appreciating a quiet weekend.  We spent yesterday in Geneva, which is actually a lot like Door County and today, I have nothing official on my agenda, but a fun To Do list that involves yoga, the farmer’s market, and some gift cards.  Life has been at an all time high in terms of busy this summer.  And although it has been tons of fun, my stress levels have been through the roof.  I’m not exactly sure why because it has been an incredible summer spent with family and friends, but I have a few theories in mind.  The bottom line is that I have not done a good job this summer (or actually this entire year as I think about on it) of managing my stress and balancing my life.  This has impacted my eating, body, weight, energy levels, sleep etc. and the scale has only reinforced what my mind and body have been telling me.  It is time to make a change! 

 

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Although we are over halfway through the year, my plan is to dedicate the last 4 1/2 months to the healthy habits that work for me and I enjoy, but seem to have misplaced since January 2012.  These are the habits and decisions that result in clear skin and tons of energy, a positive body image and pants that fit comfortable, even when I’m sitting down.  I’m not exactly sure when and where I lost them along the way, but I thought a little reminder would help get me started along this new path I’m choosing to take. 

 

Healthy Habits

 

1. Decrease Stress

2. Sleep!

3. Eat Real Foods

4. Find a Race

5. Strength Train

6. Avoid Fake and Processed Foods (including sugar substitutes)

7. Create ME Time

8. Read and Write

9. Spend Time with Friends and Family

10. Wine Less, Laugh More

 

 

Although I could give an explanation for each habit, I don’t think that it is necessary.  One of the most important things on the list, that should probably be number 1, is SLEEP.  When I get a quality night’s sleep, a healthy and happy day follow.  It is a good place to start and luckily, this weekend has been all about early bed times and no alarm clocks.  One of the hardest things for me when it comes to making changes, is I expect to see immediate results, and we all know that this is not the case.  I already appreciate and am looking forward to the support of the blogging community during my journey back to Healthy Habits.

 

How do you go about making changes in your life?

What are the Healthy Habits that work for you?

 

I am taking my broken toe and positive attitude off to a yoga class. 

So I will end my post with the wise words of my Mother… ‘AND ON WE GO!’

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6 thoughts on “Healthy Habits and On We Go

  1. My stress levels have been way too high this summer too. I’m also the exact same as you- I like immediate results when I make big changes…and when I don’t see it, I figure it’s not working so give up…which isn’t good. I think your plans sound great though and I know you’ll accomplish them!

    • I appreciate the words of encouragement! It’s sometimes hard for me to be honest with myself and even harder to put it into words on my blog. This is why I think it will be good to have a 4 month plan instad of a daily plan (which doens’t last me very long)!

  2. That is awesome that you and your mom can have such awesome weekends. Decreasing stress is such an important, and often overlooked, part of our health 🙂

  3. hmmmm… I just so love you… and am ready to join you rejoin you always join you (especially for the shopping)… however I must admit I an soooo glad I read the blog this am after the most amazing nino’s sicilian pizza last night!!!! sigh.

    a few weeks ago a truth landed in my mind, there will always be ‘things’ that get in the way of healthy living… that day i decided to enjoy a very special dinner for my 20th work anniversary at a very special high end never been there before restaurant without overeating… and I did… it was liberating… and surprising, because it had been awhile since excusiology had not accompanied me to a food event… . yup, and on we go!!

  4. I struggle with stress too. About two years ago, I was at my most stressed and there was a lot going on in my life (good and bad), and I actually went and talked to a psychologist about it. It was immensely helpful, and she helped me understand my own inner workings and as a result, ways I could manage life and stress better. For me, when I start to stress I tend to want to work harder and more, which is the opposite of what I should be doing. Instead when this happens, I back off and do nothing but chill for a bit. The relaxation, although forced, helps me come back and get everything done with a much better attitude.

    • I just found your comment in my spam…so strange! I appreciate your comment and honesty. I agree that stress can lead me to want to more and work harder which is not always the healthiest for my psyche. It is not to be able to hear that others feel that way too!

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